Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for week of March 18, 2018


Corpus Christi Parish

605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston


Weekday Celebration of Eucharist 7:30 a.m.

Weekend Celebration of Eucharist Saturdays 4 p.m., Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Sunday school 11 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Men’s Fellowship, 8:30 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Women’s Fellowship, 10 a.m., fourth Saturday of every month.

Teen Fellowship, 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

All schedules are subject to change and additional events may be added. Please check the church website or visit us on Facebook for updates.

First Congregational Church U.C.C.

500 Luzerne Ave.

West Pittston, PA 18643

570-654-8052, leave message

A golf outing will be held May 14 at Huntsville Country Club in Dallas.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Rev. James Thyren

Sunday, March 18: Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday School in the Institute, 10:15 a.m.; Confirmation/Commissioning Class, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20: Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21: Chain Gang Needlework Group, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 22: Lenten Soup and Study in the Institute, 6:30 p.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Alex Becker


The annual Easter Egg Hunt 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Runners and walkers will collect Easter eggs along the course, and each egg takes off seconds from their finishing time. The race is a fundraiser for the Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place women’s shelter. Last year, $2,000 was raised to keep the community safe and help the homeless. There will be appearances by Alt 92.1, Tux the Penguin, and the Easter Bunny.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


A Healing Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will start at 2:30 p.m. The vision we have for this Healing Mass is to begin with uplifting, inspirational, up-tempo music praising and glorifying God with a healing theme.

The Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated Monday, March 19 with a solemn Mass at 11 a.m. with His Excellency Bishop Joseph C. Bambera as principal celebrant and homilist. The Oblate priests and Diocesan clergy will concelebrate. At the conclusion of the Holy Mass, St. Joseph’s Bookmarks will be blessed and distributed. There also will be a Holy Mass at 7 p.m.

Deepen your Lenten devotion at 6 p.m. every Monday evening until March 26, Monday of Holy Week. The evenings will include the Rosary with newly composed scriptural Sorrowful Mysteries by Ernie Pappa, Fatima prayers, the Litany of the Most Precious Blood and Lenten songs. Participants will assist in leading the prayers and decades of the rosary.

Every Wednesday Novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello after the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses. Confessions before Masses.

Thursday, first Thursday of the month, Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life at 7 p.m. Come and join in prayer to ask the Lord to send young and less young people to serve the Holy Church in the Priesthood and in the Religious Life.

Friday, first Friday of the month, Mass at 7 and 11 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At 8 p.m. the Blue Army Vigil to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Hour and confessions at 8 p.m. and a special Holy Mass at 9 p.m.

Saturday, first Saturday of the month, Mass at 8 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Blessed Mother.

Queen of the Apostles

715 Hawthorne St., Avoca


Facebook page: Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the rectory.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


Rev. Thomas Petro, pastor

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in common each at 7 p.m. Friday evening throughout Lent. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will occur immediately after the Stations.

On Mondays of Lent, Confessions will be heard from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church.

Gorzkie zale, the traditional Polish-language Lenten devotion known as the “Bitter Lamentations,” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The devotion is a sung reflection on the Passion of Christ and his Sorrowful Mother. The choir of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Duryea will join in the singing. Fr. Gregory Finn, OSJ, will be the guest homilist. A light reception will follow in the church hall. All are invited to attend.

A solemn blessing and procession of palms will be held prior to the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Palm Sunday, March 25. Those attending are to report to the school by 10:30 a.m. The palms will be blessed there and all present will process into the church for Mass.

A flea market will be held Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, in the church hall. Beginning in April, items in good condition will be accepted in the church hall. Donated items that will be accepted include household items, kitchen items, toys, holiday decorations, books, jewelry, furniture and more. Electronics and clothing will not be accepted.

Travel with Fr. Petro to Slovakia and Poland, June 16 to June 26. Visit Bratislava, Sastin, Levoca, Krakow, Zakopane, Lagiewniki, Auschwitz, Czestochowa and Warsaw. Cost: $3,700, airfare included. To register, call 855-842-8001.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

Sunday service 8 a.m.

Fellowship is before and after service.

Communion is the first and third Sundays of each month.

Planning meeting March 18 after service

Palm Sunday breakfast March 25 after service

Family Easter Party March 25, 3 to 5 p.m.

Maundy Thursday (March 29) 7 p.m. at Immanuel

Good Friday Tenebrae (March 30) service 7 p.m. with no Pastor Z

Council will meet after service Sunday, April 8.

We have a surplus of Sanctuary candles. You can purchase them for $4 each. Contact the church and leave a message if your interested in purchasing.

Outside of Council, all events open to the general public. Times and dates subject to change.

Two of our Church Members Mary Ann and Alan sell GLS Scripts (gift) card for that special someone who is hard to get a gift for any occasion.

We have off street parking, handicapped parking next to the building, enclosed chair lift.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


New members of the Knights of Columbus Council 16071 are always welcome. Contact Jim Nardone at 570-299-0717, John Bingham at 570-947-4994 or email info@ for additional information.

Anyone interested in renting the parish banquet hall or conference rooms, call the hall manager, Christine Silinskie at 570-704-8861 or e-mail

St. Maria Goretti

42 Redwood Dr., Laflin


Rev. James J. Walsh, J.C.L.

Girl Scout Troop 32109 is collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks. A collection bin will be placed in the vestibule until March 19.

A pasta dinner will be held Sunday, April 8 with the option to eat-in from noon to 5 p.m. or takeout from noon to 4 p.m. If you wish to purchase a raffle ticket, visit our office during regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. for an opportunity for you to treat yourself to a wonderful lunch and just relax, have a good look at our basket raffle and visit with your friends prior to the bingo which will begin at 1 p.m.

A chicken dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with takeouts from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 18 at Queen of the Apostles. 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Menu includes traditional half chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, roll, homemade dessert and beverages. Grand raffle at the conclusion of the dinner will include (5) $200 cash prizes. Chances on the raffle are a book of three for $5.

A pasta and sausage dinner will be held from noon to 5 p.m. with takeout from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at St Maria Goretti. Menu includes salad, beverage, dessert, rolls and butter (containers will be provided for take-outs) Children 5 years and younger eat in free. Donation is $12.

St. Mary’s

Polish National

Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St., Duryea


Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock


The church announces its Holy Week and Easter Schedule as follows:

Palm Sunday, March 25: Solemn Blessing and Distribution of Palms, Procession outdoors (weather permitting) Holy Mass, Reading of the Passion, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Holy Mass, 8 a.m.

Thursday, March 29: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Procession to the Repository, Stripping of the Altar, 7 p.m. The church will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for private prayer.

Good Friday, March 30: Day of Feast and Abstinence. The church will open at 3 p.m. for private prayer. Good Friday Service Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified, Burial of the Lord, 7 p.m. The church will remain open until 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 31: Easter Vigil Service, 10:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1: Procession of Resurrection outdoors (weather permitting), Mass of Resurrection, Blessing of Easter food, 9 a.m.

Monday, April 2: Holy Mass, 7 p.m.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Phone: 570-693-1991

Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor

William Jenkins, Deacon

Nancy Beccaloni, Secretary

Parish hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays


St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

A Lenten Food Sale will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23. Foods this year include pizza, fish sandwich with slaw and homemade soup. Orders can be made by calling 570-905-7387. Orders are for take-out only.

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

320 Vine St., Old Forge


The Annual Ham Bingo will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Theme baskets, door prizes, and various bingo specials will be available throughout the afternoon. The kitchen opens at 11 a.m. and a variety of food items and refreshments will be available. The church will also sponsor a bake sale during the bingo. Admission is $3 per person.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Church Street and Broad Street, Pittston


A bus trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster to see “Songs of the Silver Screen” will be held Saturday, May 19. Following the show will be dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord with time to visit their gift shop. Cost of the trip is $100 per person and includes show, dinner, bus seat, taxes and tips – all inclusive. Bus leaves from the Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m. For additional information or to reserve a seat, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.